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Jura Prophecy

I have said it before and I will say it again, I do regret never going to Jura when I had the chance because the more I try their whisky the more I like it.  The label describes this 46% ABV expression as "heavily peated" which might be a slight overstatement, but I did like it and my prophecy is I that will drink this again sometime.     The nose was more smoky than peaty, with lots of citrus peel and dried fruits that also came through in the taste, along with sweet, sugary marmalade - even jammy - notes and a oily, mouthcoating  richness.  Very approachable and morish (moorish?).  The oily, smokey and slightly bitter, burnt wood notes in the finish balance the sweetness well.  If I still rated whiskies with stars this would get some. 

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  • Simon Seaton

    Simon Seaton

    Monday, 09 November 2020 20:37

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #57

    Location: Islamorada, Florida, USA

    Date: November 2020

    Price: $6.00

    Recipe: Rye Whiskey, Sherry, Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Manhattan in a can.... made with Sherry?  Seemed to work however and a good price.

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Monday, 09 November 2020 20:21

    Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 year old

    Bravo!  Bra - Fucking - Vo!

    Finally someone North of Hadrian's Wall has decided to "grow a pair" and just be honest and transparent about selling a young whisky.  Usual marketing tactic is to put no age statement, create a weak back story and slap on an unpronounceable Gaelic name for the younger stuff.  I am extra delighted that it is a distillery I happen like a lot.    In fact I am a little reluctant to post the review  because it is not my favorite Ardbeg... and I really don't want to say anything negative.  The nose is smoky bbq with orange peel and even floral notes.  The taste is creamy at first with barley sugar, black tea and more bitter, slightly burnt, orange peel.  The finish is peppery, smoky with more strong tea tannins and yes there are some grainy (ie young) spirit notes.  Not super complex but balanced, flavorful and pretty punchy.  Lives up to the name.

    Monday, 28 September 2020 15:12

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #56

    Location: Katz's, Houston, Texas 

    Date: September 2020

    Price: $12.00

    Recipe: Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth and Angostura Bitters 

    Garnish: Luxardo maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: On the larger side which as it was served "up" in a tumbler warmed a little too quickly

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:45

    Grangestone Sherry Cask Finish

    The third expression in this series is, like the other two, bottled at 40% ABV.  The nose has lots of dried fruits, prunes, raisins, digestive biscuits and a slight farmyuard, vegatal funkiness.   The taste is more dried fruit, prunes, bitter dark chocolate and citrus peel.  The mouthfeel is quite creamy, chewy and even oily.  The finish is spicy with fresh cut jalepenos and black pepper.  Not massively complex... consider if Macallan had an off day.  However Macallan's bad days are still better than many distilleries good days.

    Wednesday, 12 August 2020 22:52

    Grangestone Bourbon Cask Finish

    This is the second whisky in this range I have tried.   Like the others it is a 40% ABV, NAS, private label bottling for Total Wines with little clue to it's origin other than Scotland.... there is no Grangestone distillery (although the rate at which distilleries open now it is not impossible that I could be wrong about that).  Vanilla hits you immediately in the nose, along with sweet caramel and ripe bananas.  The taste has more banana, butterscotch and some pepper.  The finish get slightly bitter and oaky.  Not spectacular, but a solid "bourbon" cask expression.

    Thursday, 06 August 2020 13:28

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #55

    Location: Ristorante del Lago, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs 

    Date: July 2020

    Price: $14.00

    Recipe: Padua Manhattan which according to menu is ... Michters Rye, Green Chartreuse, Aperol, Orange Bitters

    Garnish: Lemon Peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Good cocktail, but not a Manhattan

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:31

    Akashi Ume

    This Japanese plum flavored whiskey is bottled at 30% ABV.  There is sweet, and then there is "have the number of a good dentist handy" sweet.  This one falls into the second category.  The nose is sweet but also delicately floral.  There are some plum notes are in the taste, more sugarplums than The Nutcracker aand some prunes and jelly babies.  Imagine a whiskey flavored Jelly Bean.  The finish is a thick coating of sugar on the teeth combined with some mint from the toothpaste you will have to keep nearby.

    Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:23

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #54

    Location: Fogo de Chao, Denver, CO

    Date: July 2020

    Price: $13.50

    Recipe: Buffalo Trace, Carpano Antica, Blood Orange, Angusturo Bitters

    Garnish: Orange peel

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: A little Orange peel or Triple sec or Orange bitters is good, but this was overpowered by Orange juice. It was fine, but not a Manhattan.

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:19

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #53

    Location: The Tavern, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs 

    Date: July 2020

    Price: $14.00

    Recipe: Spencer's Manhattan which according to menu is ... Rye Whiskey, Drambuie, Bitters

    Garnish: 3 cherries

    Served: Up

    Comments: Drambuie in a Manhattan?  No Vermouth? That was a first.  The color strongly suggests that vermouth was in the recipe.

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Thursday, 16 July 2020 13:59

    Woody Creek Rye

    This is a 45% ABV Colorado produced straight rye I was able to try on recent family trip to Denver.  The nose is sweet and fruity, candy and fresh cut grass and after some time some grainy notes (suggesting it is probably quite young).  The taste starts spicy and sweet; Hot Tamales, cinnamon and cola.  With time some sweet dried fruits like prunes develop as well.  The finish has peppermint which fades to leave a signature herbal note.  Overall a classic young rye, fresh, fruity, peppery and sweet all at the same time.

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    Duncan Taylor NC2 Craigellachie 1999

    The whisky is a pale golden straw with banana, citrus fruits, honey and vanilla in the nose.  Even at 46% ABV the nose is quite soft and muted.   Taste is peppery, then honey and toffee which gives way to white wine and leathery notes.  A winey, dry finish with a hint of beeswax.  The whisky sweetens with a little water.  An aperitif whisky which is very approachable,  and for that reason I had 48 bottles of this great single malt packaged by Duncan Taylor for giving to clients in 2010.